Everyone knows that the real point of the James Beard Awards is to eat and drink a ton of free food and booze during the gala tasting. That, and to go to the after-parties and see chefs spraying crowds with jeroboams of champagne. This year’s awards theme was “The Melting Pot,” which supposedly translated to internationally focused food at the tasting. Did that notion come through? Take a peek at some of the dishes served and see for yourself.
“It’s a make-it-or-break-it period for us. We do the right thing, we’ll be able to pull into the 21st century with some kind of program. We do the wrong thing, the 21st century is going to be gone, there’ll be no coming back”
“These people act like we drink a gallon of blood and hang upside down from crucifixes before we go onstage,” Rob Halford says. “We’re performers, have been for two decades. We do the show and we wear the costumes our audience expect us to.”